March 12–September 18, 2016
Hundreds of colorful butterflies take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm.
In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.
Supported by Cardinal Health, Giant Eagle, and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
May 21–November 13, 2016
Monumental sculptures created by artist Kevin Box tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The exhibition includes large-scale installations, gallery works, Box's own compositions as well as collaborative works with his wife Jennifer and world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander.
Related programs for all ages accompany the exhibition:
From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern World of Origami
Lecture by Dr. Robert J. Lang
Thursday, September 22, 7pm
Hands-on Folding Workshops
Micahael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9
Made possible by funding from PNC Arts Alive.
Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown
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May 21–November 13, 2016
The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.
November 19, 2016–January 1, 2017
Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by festive horticulture displays and evening lighting. Enjoy a gingerbread competition, Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the season.
January 7–March 5, 2017
Stroll through an indoor garden inspired by the opulence of the Art Deco movement. Hundreds of orchid blooms and tropical plants are displayed in artful designs reflecting the global trends of the 1920s.
In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn's delicate, hand-cut paper collages are on view. Quiet and poetic, Eichhorn’s work radiates a complex harmony between the natural and handmade world.
Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.
Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.
The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory.
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.
About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More